What did Terrance think of his final year at Booker High School?
"Well, we finished 13-1 and I ran for 2,700 yards and 39 touchdowns," Terrance Jones told StateFans. "We made it to the State semifinals and lose to Miami (FL) Pace."
Miami (FL) Monsignor Pace is the high school of another NC State target, super Safety Lovon Ponder. Ponder had the tough task of trying to shut Jones down.
"Yea, they actually had him spy me. I think he's a solid safety because he'll come up and stick you. In the open field I gave it to him a few times and gave him some shake. He's a good safety though."
Now that the season is over Terrance can begin to focus on his recruitment. Four high-major programs stick out right now, with the Wolfpack getting the first shot at Jones.
"I'm really looking at NC State (1/9 OV), Michigan State (1/16), Nebraska (1/23), and LSU (1/30)," he said. "I had offers from some others too, but those are the first ones who caught up with me to set the visits. The only one I'm not sure about is that Nebraska one. They still don't have a head coach so I might just cancel it."
Bowl season is just behind us and all four programs played in the post-season. Was Jones able to watch his favorites play?
"I saw the NC State one on TV. That game just made me like them that much more. I knew LSU was a good team so I thought they could win that game. I watched both of them play though."
The Sarasota (FL) standout was known for carrying the pigskin in high school, but also was one of the better corners in the state as a sophomore before moving to tailback. At the moment, his future college position is not set in stone.
"Some of them have mentioned playing running back and some want me as an athlete or for defense. I would prefer running back, and most are set on running back, but they are just asking that if I'm called on to play cornerback would I move. It won't be a problem for me because I know I can play corner too."
The first visit for Terrance is to Raleigh, and the NC State Wolfpack will undoubtedly make a push for the Florida prepstar.
"I'm just going to have a good time and meet most of the guys on the team. I have family up in North Carolina, [Charlotte and Wilmington] so I'm looking forward to that visit because I heard the area's nice."
"NC State mentioned Running Back or corner. I think they want me as an athlete though."
Could Jones make a decision while at NC State, or does he hope to take all his visits?
"No, I want to take all the visits first and then make my pick."
Terrance Jones came into the season with high expectations, as respected FloridaKids.net Editor Larry Blustein tabbed him the #25 player in the state of Florida in his pre-season rankings. Heading into the summer, Jones was ranked #32 in the state but impressed Blustein at camps and on film with his ability.
Check out Larry Blustein's exclusive recruiting evaluation below:
PLAYER: Terrance Jones
SCHOOL: Sarasota Booker
www.floridakids.us PRE-SUMMER RATING: 32
THE SCOOP ON THIS FLORIDA KID: May turn out to be the most explosive all-around back we will see this year, and the Tornadoes have known it all along!
EVALUATION: If I say he reminds me a lot of Warrick Dunn or Travis Minor, you will get the picture of what this elusive back is all about. He has a burst that gives him a gear that many never see at the high school level, catches the ball well and has a great body lean that the elite backs have. You never get a clear shot at him.
THE INSIDE STORY: Everyone will keep their eye on this standout performer who does the little things that it takes to win. His is a very smart young man as well.